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Cooking with Lil O.

This afternoon Lil O wanted to cook dinner.  With a little help from me she made a perfect dish.

On the Menu:

Tex-Mex Lasagna

Only the best ingredients:

I cooked the hamburger meat and then added the tomatoes, taco mix and french fried onions. Lil O stirred up the cheese mixture and eggs.

Then I helped Lil O layer for the lasagna.

A friendly tip.  When making a casserole/lasagna dish instead of using your big dish break it into two dishes.  That way you can throw one in the freezer for another time!

When done cooking we added more cheese and french fried onions.  This picture doesn't do it justice. 

This dish is a favorite of the kids so I cannot wait to dig into it after it cools.

Something to think about...

With all the snow we had this past winter the kids missed a lot of school.  Albeit some of those days should have been a delay instead of being canceled but I don't decide that.  Soooooo, this past Saturday the kids in the county had to go to Saturday school.  At first I thought it would make parents upset that they had to get up on their day off and get the kids to school.

I was wrong.

Usually in the morning I see grumpy parents gulping coffee getting ready to head to work.  I'M LATE!!!!! type behavior.

Until Saturday.

I saw happy people.  Smiling people.  Moms and Dads dressed laughing and such.  Not a care in the world.

You know what they were thinking?

"HOT DAMN!!! It's a Saturday and since the kids are in school I can do SOMETHING I want to do for the next FIVE HOURS!"

Yep, I saw some happy people Saturday morning at the school while dropping H off. 

I guess I was the only one grumpy because I had to get up and take my kids to school while wearing my pj'…

Who's your Momma??!?!?!?!?

I just completed my workout!!!  Bringing the total to SEVEN!!!!  Sizzle!  I'm hot!! 

Today was an awesome workout.  I was able to stay in the game 20 minutes.  Seriously this workout is INSANE!!!!  I LOVE IT!!!!  It's kicking my butt for sure.

I needed to work off the cupcakes and icing from last night.  HA HA!!!  I liked the cupcake recipe that I tried yesterday.  So, that's the one I will use for the competition.  I'm ready!!!!!  Bring on the cupcake wars!!  All for a good cause I add, the American Cancer Society!!!!  Have you donated yet?  If not, why?? 

Sooo, hanging head, I watched some of that stupid show Dancing with the Stars while waiting for Castle to come on.  Seriously!!  Kate go home to your kids.  You cannot dance!!!!!!!  I bet Jon is laughing his head off when he tunes into the telly to watch.  Sorry if that was a bit harsh BUT I was told to never tell a LIE!!!!

Okay, I am not going to Kate bash because she makes it tooo easy.

I leave you with this pict…

Week in Review.

Yes, you read that right.  Please excuse the poor quality.  Remember I don't have a working camera.  I am using B2's camera at the moment and it doesn't do video well.  Superdad is narrowing the camera choices down now to purchase one like this week.  Right Superdad????

So go grab the popcorn and watch this flick.

I talk about kids making all A's on their report cards.  Finding the perfect recipe for my cupcakes for Cupcakes for Cures at the Grove Park Inn on April 10, 2010.  Come help out the American Cancer Society. 

Lil O makes it impossible to video today.  You almost get to see Supermom show her parenting skillz.

I talk about my crazy exercise challenge.  I even say the F word.  Shame on me!  I will go wash my mouth out with soap for you.

What THE!?!?!? I have a pimple and it won't go away!!!

Here I am doing my exercise challenge, started an antibiotic for my cold and getting better and THEN I get a PIMPLE!!!!! 

Actually, I've had it a few days but it just WON'T go away!!!!!  I feel like I am going through puberty or something.  I'm using pimple gel and cover up like my teenage daughter!!!!! 

I finished workout #6 today.  It was a killer one.  I wasn't able to workout as long as I have been because I just didn't have the strength.  That's okay though because I was able to work out the best I was able to.  At least I am getting some exercise which is more than I have in the past. 

It's the typical Monday.  Kids are in school.  House is cleaned and the laundry is caught up.  Until everyone makes it home that is.  I even gave the babies a bubble bath.  Then I worked like a mad woman trying to cover up this pimple the size of Canada on my chin!  Really it is that big.  No, I will not take a picture.  Lets just say you can give the pimple its own …

Damn you #5!

Today was workout #5.  I so wasn't in it!!  UGH!!!  I put on my workout clothes then crawled into bed.  I had no intention of working out.  Then Superdad drove me to it!!!!!!  He encouraged me to do it.  He succeeded in getting me over my workout hump and into the living room sweating!  I completed #5 today!

Do I feel accomplished?  NO!!!  Damn you #5!!!!!

I'm not as sore as I have been so that is a bonus!

Today we ran a few errands.  Checked off a few things.  I bought my cupcake making supplies for the Cupcakes for Cures Competition at the Grove Park Inn.  Sorry I cannot tell you what kind of cupcake I am making because I want it to be a total surprise!!!!  You'll just have to wait and see.  Or taste if you happen to be a judge!

Okay.  That's all I got.

I'm such a S L A C K E R ! ! !

I am so ashamed!  I haven't typed up a blog post since Thursday!!! I didn't even do a Week in Review.

~smack~ WAKE UP SUPERMOM!!!!

Honestly, you haven't missed much.  Going there.  Doing that.  Going there.  Doing that.  Etc...

It's Saturday and it was a SCHOOL day.  It totally SUCKED!!  Having to get up and take the kids to school on a Saturday.  It's just wrong I tell you.  Then I am doing my own thing when my daddy and mama Lynn want to stop by.  It was a super swell visit.  Here's a picture of my daddy and Baby M.

They were reading to each other.  They left and we had lunch.  Blah blah blah....  I then scoop up Baby M to get her to nap!  I thought I would catch a few zzz's myself but....

I got an email from Mrs F about a playdate for the babies.  I was ON IT because I know Lil O loves it when they come over!  So, I got up from a warm comfy bed to enjoy Mrs F's company.  And I do enjoy her company.  However, now when I see her I keep seeing her in a…

58 more days to go.

Yes, I am counting them down. Yesterday, after lunch my body started to ache.  Even motrin didn't touch the achiness.  I just sat down in my comfy chair and enjoyed the last Pumpkin Ale that was in my fridge.  I have decided to give up my beloved beer for this challenge as well. 

So in 58 days we can all meet at APC and celebrate with BEER of course!

I thought I was going to talk myself out of working out this morning.  But DAMMIT I am not a quitter!!!  So I put on my new awesome workout clothes and my shoes and made my way into the living room with WATER!!  With encouragement from my two personal cheerleaders, Baby M and Lil O, I endured another sweaty painful workout for about 30 minutes. 

Tomorrow I will do the 30 minute one again and Saturday start the actual workout DVD.  I wanted to take baby steps since I haven't worked out since like B2 was a baby.  Do you know that he will be 12 in a few weeks.  So, ummm, yeah it's been awhile.

I leave you with something awesome.

I'm not going to be a grandmother no matter what the stupid kids are saying at my daughters high school!

Being a little harsh Michelle?  Bless those poor lost high school students.  They need guidance and a LIFE!!!

Things were crazy here yesterday.  The plumber came, without showing any crack, and put the new fancy hot water heater in.  ~big sigh of relief~  To have hot water again.  As soon as the water was hot I started the dish washer and took a long bath.  ~another deep sigh~

Then out of the blue I get a text from the teenage daughter at school about a rumor that she is pregnant going around.  I really had to hold back hysterical laughter.  My daughter pregnant?  Really?  Come on?  What's up with stupid kids starting rumors.  Get a life SUCKERS!!!  I know that H reads my blog and will have no problem with me announcing what I am about to say.

It's hard to get pregnant being a VIRGIN and all!!!!!!!!  Remember H has made a promise to herself to wait.  I blogged all about this before because I was so proud of her for making such a HUGE decision.

True Love Waits.  I really wish t…

Poof, then it's gone.

Good Sunday morning.  I totally hated the quality of that Week in Review that I posted yesterday.  TOTALLY HATED!!!!  Remember a certain baby or lil girl dropped my camera and broke it so I have been using my sons digital camera.  Needless to say his isn't as good as mine sooooooo.

I deleted it off my blog. 

You'll just have to wait until next Friday for another Week in Review.

I'm back to my daily grind.  I'm going to cook all week this week.  I started yesterday off by making two loaves of bread and hamburger buns.  I made chicken stock and used it to make dressing.  I found some leftover assorted breads in the freezer so I used them.  It was YUMMY!!!!!!  I then prepared the chicken mixture for the tacos I will be making tomorrow.  ALL WITHOUT HOT WATER I ADD!!!

Our hot water heater died Friday night.  Superdad bought this new hybrid one yesterday and it will be delivered today.  The plumber, hopefully without a crack, will be here Monday morning to install it.  GIV…

This blog is NSFW!!

Because it contains Barbie nudity.

Lil O ~ I'm dressing them up like that show you watch.

Me ~ What show?

Lil O ~ Where that guy picks the girl he likes.

Me ~ Oh, that show.  WHEW!!!  ~Wiping Brow~

Things I have done while sick this week.

Agreed to make totes for H's class.  They are filling them with toiletries and taking them to the womens shelter along with teddy bears for the kids.

All I have to do it sew them together.

Make A LOT of face scrubbies and washcloths.

I even cut my own hair!!!!  I just cut the back, sides and cleaned up the top.

I think I did a half decent job.

I'm ashamed that I have even watched Maury!!!  You are NOT the father!!!!!  I couldn't help it!!  There was nothing else on.  The NCIS marathon hadn't started yet so had time to kill.

You still love me right??

I promise that soon I'll be back to my normal self.

I really wouldn't call anything about me normal though.

~ I'll be back to cooking 7 days a week.  With everyone sick, including myself, we have gotten back on the take-out train.  THIS WILL GO AWAY RATHER QUICKLY when I stop hacking up my lungs.

~ The prepping for the garden needs to begin.  I'm excited about the things I want to grow this year. 

~ This weekend, if I am feeling better, I'm going to start making the squares for a quilt.  I'd like to give Renee a big hug thank you for all that fabric she gave me a few weeks ago.

~ I tease about this year being the year of the sick instead of the Tiger.  Funny thing is I am a Tiger though.

Personality Traits of the Tiger:
Tigers are romantic, lovable, magnetic and independent. The tiger is an optimist.  You are brave, kind, daring and full of feeling.
Yes, I can see those things about me.  I don't see being SICK SINCE DECEMBER in that brief Tiger bit though.  They must have forgotten to put that in.

So, I'm sic…

Target is trying to make it right.

I vented the other day about our Target return experience.  It really made me lose faith in Target. 

They emailed us back asking for additional information to which I gave them.  Here's there last email to us.

Dear Michelle L,

Thanks for your reply with the information that was requested.

Your thoughts and comments about this item are very important to us. I've
documented your concerns and shared them with our Guest Reporting Center and
Store Operations for further review.

I'm sorry the store wasn't more helpful.  As a gesture of apology I'm sending
you a Target $15 GiftCard to reimburse you for the diapers.  Please use it in
the store for a better experience.   

In addition, If you have any additional questions, please call our Guest
Relations team at (800) 440-0680. We’re available Monday through Friday from 7
a.m. to 8 p.m., Central time.

Thanks for writing. We appreciate this opportunity to review your experience.


Target Guest Relations

Hit me with your best shot!

Don't be shy because you know I won't!

This is where Supermom sends her first HATE email to TARGET.

And you know how much I love TARGET.   Until...

My email to TARGET will explain my frustration!!!!

I am writing in regards to our return experience today. I have lost faith in Target and how Target takes care of its customers. Especially when it comes to a Target brand. We are loyal Target shoppers even though there are stores closer to our home. I brag about my love for Target all the time in fact.

We have been using Target diapers and even wipes for years on our children. I brag about the diapers to others because I have always loved them compared to name brand diapers. We recently bought a brand new box of diapers in a larger size for our youngest daughter. She developed a rash/hives on her body where she didn't want to wear clothes. It took me a day or two to go through all the changes in the house and mark them off one by one. Then I realized we just opened a new box of Target brand diapers. Also there was the fact the rash/hives was where her diaper touched her skin. Around h…

Things I learned yesterday:

~ I have a very loving family.

~ I have wonderful friends who make me laugh so much I could wet myself.

~ Mrs F looks HOT in a party hat!

~ I really could have eaten that WHOLE cake by myself.

~ The cubed ice cream was a hit.

~ Even is someone throws up during your party, the party must go on.  :(

~ I learned I will not have so many balloons next time.  They drove me batty! 

~ I need a bigger coffee maker for when I have LOTS of people over.

~ It's okay to order a bunch of take-out, take a bath and wear your robe for the rest of the night.

~ Last but not least.

It's okay to help blow the candles out.

More birthday pictures to come.

Week in Review.

I'm not wearing any make-up, letting my hair grow out and breastfeeding the baby for this video.

It's raining.  Kids are in school.  B is loving Scouts.  Lil O turned 5 and we are having her birthday party tomorrow.  Princess party with her friends.

I've been working on reviews for Supermom Reviews and I've had three custom orders for Only Ollie.  A repeat customer from Canada.  I love Canada!  I've been to Montreal so many times to visit family.  It's why I took French in school.

Enjoy your weekend with your family and friends.

Yes, I sound funny because I have a sore throat!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Teenage daughters!! Can I get a refund or exchange?

Having a teenage daughter is frustrating.  Mentally draining in fact.  All those raging hormones about to pounce on anyone that talks to them.  For example every single time we talk to hormonal teenager she gets defensive and thinks we are attacking.  Even a simple question like, "Have you finished your homework?" can bring out evil red eyed hormonal teenager.

This morning I'd about had enough.  I told her, "STOP TALKING TO ME LIKE I AM THE HIRED HELP!!!  I am on your SIDE!!  You don't seem to appreciate that!  I will always want the best for you and I will do WHATEVER it takes for you to have it!"

She still won't get it.  To her I was never a teenage girl and I don't know shit.  SHRUG!! 

Was I really that bad when I was a teenager?  I'm sure it was close.

My poor mamaw.  My mamaw has always been and will continue to be MY HERO!!!  She did in fact put up with me and my hormonal teenage behavior.  That amazing woman will be 80 in June as a matte…

Where are my disco boots?

In the morning the babies love to listen to loud music in the van as we take kids to school.  It's become our morning thing!  Loud music as we dance in our seat.  This morning their favorite was Madonna ~ Hung Up.

It brought back some memories of when I would club on the weekends while the freshly turned 21 year old boys would try to impress me with their buying beer ability.  I say it like that because I was older and didn't have a thing for younger boys.  I did have some fun though.  I love music.  I love dancing.  I love forgetting everything as the music takes over.  Add a few drinks to the night and fun was had by all. 


The sun is shining and I heard a rumor that the weather will be in the 60's today.  I think this is the calm before the storm.  I know there will be more snow!!!  I don't mind though.  I enjoy the snow.  The kids are getting pretty tired of it though because it just means more Saturday school for them.  Saturday school for them means a …

It's that time! Picking a school perfect for Lil O.

We cannot believe that our Lil O will be five this coming week.  Time sure does fly!!!  With turning five comes starting school in the Fall.  It's really sad for me to think about my little shy O is going to start school.  I'm not liking it one bit I might add.

Schools have always been a topic of discussion in our house.  Superdad went to a snotty private school.  I say that with a smile on my face because I have to tease him.  I, on the other hand, went to a public county school.  I can say without a doubt in my mind that Superdad got an excellent education!!  EXCELLENT!!!  Much better than I did.  I can admit that without having a problem!  It's the age old question.

Do public schools offer the same education as private schools?

So, here's our situation.  Superdad would love for Lil O to go to his school but there's no way we can afford 12,000.00 just for Kindergarten.  The price goes up with each grade I add.

We really don't want to throw our shy baby into a…

A Day in My Life. March 6, 2010

Letting my hair grow.


Collards, onion and garlic.

Corn Bread, Collards and Sweet Potatoes.


Click to find out what's in store!

Week in Review.

Sitting in carpool at the high school.

We went to Target today to shop for the birthday girl.  Lil O will be 5 next week.

Kids are finally back in school after missing three days because of the snow.

Enjoy your weekend.

I just asked my teenage daughter if I could have Jude Law in my Christmas Stocking this year.

I know that it's just not possible because my stocking isn't that big.


Yes, today WAS ANOTHER SNOW DAY!!!!  The kids have missed three days in a row.  I foresee Saturday school until like July.  This is just crazy!!!  They will have school tomorrow and then Saturday since things are warming up and sun is in the forecast!

Baby M went to the pediatric dentist for her post-op and everything looked great.  Get this.  We've only been to the office once back in January.  So we're getting out of the minivan and walking to the office.  When we get to the door Baby M instantly stops and starts to back up.  She actually remembered where we were and didn't want to go back in.  Dr Jackson brushed her teeth and gave me pointers on how to hold her so she doesn't bite me anymore. 

Of course she screamed and cried as soon as Dr Jackson started talking to her.  Everyone in the back was telling her bye and Baby M says, "Bye Doctor."  Right to Dr Jackson.  I…

The Mom-Stuff Community

I was approached awhile back about being featured on this amazing Mom-Stuff Blog Tour.  I was really excited to be contacted about this.  It helps spread the word about me so I don't feel like I am talking to myself.

Then as you know I got kidney stones.  I've been on drugs the past two weeks and totally forgot I was featured.  I FEEL LIKE AN ASS FOR FORGETTING.

So, for the next couple of days I am going to blog about The Mom-Stuff Community.

They talked about me for FIVE days!  Check this out:






Thank you so much Mom-Stuff!!!!!!!  I look forward to reading about the other moms on the tour!!!

You guys ROCK!!!!!!

Is it bad to tune your kids out?

I only ask because this is the second day in a row that school has been canceled due to snow.  I am sure that tomorrow will be a delay or even canceled all together.  SHRUG!  Who knows.

I had to cancel my urologist appointment because of the snow.  They had to reschedule it 13 DAYS AWAY!!!  Doesn't seen fair.

I've been working on my anxiety some.  The not able to sleep problem.  The other night I got in bed and tossed and turned then starting to have "pain" in my arms so I got up and slept on the couch again.  I don't think it's a "real" pain.  I think it's being anxious that kept me sleeping.  So, last night at 11:00 I went to bed.  My cell was off.  I kept telling myself to just close your eyes and everything that needs to be done can be done tomorrow.  I just thought about breathing in and blowing out.  It worked.

I went to sleep and was able to sleep all night in my own bed.  With Superdad and Baby M.  I woke up at 5:50 am and life was good.

Do you see what I see?

Now you know what I'm working with.  My kids will be in Saturday school for the rest of the school year and not have a spring break if this keeps up!

What's up with that?

Seriously how cool is this??  I'm debating myself.  I am supposed to venture to the doctor on Wednesday and Baby M goes for her Pediatric Dentist Post-Op on Thursday.  Let the snow come if the roads are drivable by then.  Okay Mother Nature?

I'm in a funk.  I'm in an anxiety/depression funk.  I'm restless, unable to sit down.  I'm unable to sleep.  My mind will not shut up.  I don't want to leave the house.  I am unable to leave the house emotionally.  I think about death and dying.  I don't want to die.  It depresses me more when I think about it.

Yes, I know I am totally screwed up.  Like everyone else I might add.  :)

I tried to get dressed today with hopes of collecting the kids from school and then grocery shopping.  I just couldn't do it.  I confessed to Superdad my feelings and then put my pj's back on.  He left work to get the kids, brought them home and went back to work.  When he gets off work he will grocery shop for me.

He's is such…